What songs shape your stories?

20160205_095020I was asked to write a blog for World Book Day Teenfest, by coincidence on the day it was announced that Maurice White had died. I know some Earth Wind and Fire songs, but Marlon, in ‘Orangeboy’, is one of their biggest fans. So I wrote the blog about the music we inherit and the music pass on… (It is also a snapshot into hairstyles past.)

Check out the blog here.

What are your inheritance tracks?

The books that built Malorie Blackman

The books that built Malorie Blackman

I must admit, I wasn’t sophisticated enough for Jane Eyre.  My favourite Narnia book (er-hm, the only one I read) was ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.  I devoured Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books from our primary school library, before trundling through ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the blub-fest S.E. Hintons.

Haywards Heath library – I owe you so much!

Tanya Byrne: “At last, here’s a teenager of colour with a story to tell…”

Tanya Byrne: “At last, here’s a teenager of colour with a story to tell…”

Rummaging through the internet, I just found this impassioned article by the young adult writer Tanya Byrne.  She talks of the impact of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and the emotional power of seeing protagonists of colour in the pages – and, maybe one day, on the covers.